Applet: Mass on a Spring

Before we try to calculate the equations of motion for all kinds of oscillators, let us play with one first. In the applet below you can assign a value for the mass and for the spring constant for a mass on a spring. You can then select the amplitude of the motion by simply grabbing the mass with your mouse. The mass will perform oscillations. By playing with the parameters of the simulation, you can get a good intuitive feeling for how oscillators behave.

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